Diego Armando Maradona Franco
Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in Lanús, near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Let us tell his story...
He was the fifth of the eight children of Diego Maradona and Dalma Salvadora Franco, known as Tota. He grew up in Villa Fiorito , province of Buenos Aires, between the pastures and poverty. His brothers Hugo and Raúl were also footballers.
His debut in the first division took place on Wednesday, October 20, 1976. It was with Argentinos Juniors , with the number 16 shirt, and with the first ball he touches Maradona kicked the ball through the opponent's legs, making a nutmeg that would become legendary.
They received Talleres de Córdoba , the match ended 0-1 and that day would be historic for Argentine football.
He started in the world of soccer at the age of nine, in a children's team, Los Cebollitas . At sixteen he was already called up by the Argentine team . In 1979 he was elected the best South American player of the year.
His first hard moment was on May 19, 1978, when César Luis Menotti did not call him to play the 1978 Argentina World Cup.
After he was summoned by the youth team, he landed in Japan, the three matches of the initial round were in Omiya. Diego was the captain and the team achieved a very good level by defeating Indonesia 5-0, Yugoslavia 1-0 and Poland 4-1. The campaign was relentless, these three wins were followed by three more, 5-0 against Algeria, 2-0 against Uruguay and 3-1 against the Soviet Union. Diego converted 6 goals in 6 games.
He was signed by Atlético Boca Juniors , but he was required by Barcelona and River Plate , but he was faithful to his team. On February 22, 1981, his debut took place, scoring two goals against Talleres de Córdoba. On April 12 Diego played the first classic, it was a rainy night in La Bombonera and they defeated River 3-0 with a goal of his. Finally, Boca came out champion from the hand of Diego Armando Maradona.
Despite all these experiences, his time at Barcelona was not so pleasant. During his tenure in the Spanish team, he suffered from hepatitis and a fracture. His official debut happened on September 5, 1982, scoring a goal in the defeat against Valencia .
After leaving Barcelona, he went to Italy to play for Naples. He made his debut on August 22, 1984 in a San Paolo packed for the Italian Cup, winning 4-1 with a goal of his own.
Mexico World Cup
With the arrival of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, he established himself as one of those who would go on to make history. The debut was with a 3-1 win against South Korea on June 3. Three days later, with a goal from Maradona, they draw 1-1 against Italy. On June 11, Argentina 2 - Bulgaria 0, Diego does not score goals, five days later they beat Uruguay by the slightest difference in a rather tough match, where they disallowed a goal from Diego by supposed hand.
The hand of God
June 22, 1986 was the big day, Argentina - England , Diego made a fantastic goal starting from behind in the middle of the field and dribbling everything that crossed him. Do not forget the famous first goal against the English, " the hand of God ". On June 25 they beat Belgium 2-0 with two goals from Maradona and the consecration was on June 29 when they defeated Germany 3-2 in the final of the World Cup in Mexico '86. Argentina was proclaimed world champion.
In 1992 he returned to Spain to play, but now in Sevilla of Carlos Bilardo . His time at the club was not good at all, he was not in good physical shape and he plays 25 games, scoring only four goals.
A year later he arrives at Newell's Old Boys where he only plays four games without scoring goals in a fleeting passage through that institution.
Return to Boca Juniors
In 1995, Diego returns to the team of his loves, Boca Juniors . His return to the goal was on October 15 nothing more and nothing less than against his Argentinos Juniors, winning 1-0. During this time for his beloved club, he played 29 games, scoring 7 goals between 1995 and 1997.
October 25, 1997 was the last time Diego played professionally and officially football, it was the derby against River where Boca defeated him 2-1.
In December 1999 Maradona received the Clarín and Olimpia awards for the best Argentine athlete of the century.
He was top scorer five times and won ten titles: Boca (1981), Barcelona (1983 Cup of Reu), Napoli (1987 and 1990 scudetto; 1987 Italian Cup, 1989 UEFA Cup and 1991 Italian Super Cup), Argentine National Team (1979 Youth World Cup, 1986 World Cup in Mexico and 1993 Artemio Franchi Cup). He played 90 official matches with the blue and white and scored 33 goals, 8 of them in the World Cup.
In October 2008, he was introduced as the new technical director of the Argentina soccer team and was vice president of the Boca Juniors Soccer Council from June 2005 to August 2006.
From March 28, 2009 until the last game in the World Cup in South Africa, on July 3, 2010, he was Technical Director of the Argentine National Team.
He then managed the Al Wasl team in Dubai from May 2011 to July 2012.
In 2017, he was appointed coach by Fujairah, but left before the end of the season. In May 2018, he ran as president of the Belarusian club Dynamo Brest.
In September 2018, he was appointed coach of the Mexican club Dorados de Sinaloa. In June 2019, he informed the Dorados, of the Second Division of Mexico, that he would not continue as his coach due to medical advice, having to undergo two operations: shoulder and knee.
Marriage and children
Married to Claudia Villafañe from 1984 to 2004, with whom he was the father of Giannina Dinorah and Dalma Nerea. In addition, he had three other recognized children: Diego Sinagra, Jana and Diego Fernando Maradona.
On November 3, 2020, he underwent surgery for a clot in the brain. Diego Armando Maradona died on Wednesday, November 25, at his home in the San Andrés neighborhood, in the town of Tigre , after suffering cardiac arrest. Several ambulances traveled to his home to attend to him, but they could not do anything to save his life.
1981 – 1982; 1995 –1997
1984 – 1991
1992 – 1993
1993 – 1994